♪ we were waist deep in the big muddy. ♪ ♪ the big fool said to push on. ♪ i was asked to be on the smothers brothers program, and the first time i sang it, it was scissored out of the tape, in october of 1967. but the smothers brothers took to the print media and said, "hey, cbs is censoring our best jokes. it censored seeger's best song. what's going on here?" and finally in january of 1968, cbs said, "okay, okay, he can sing the song." ♪ all at once, the moon clouded over. ♪ ♪ we heard a gurgling cry. ♪ a few seconds later, ♪ the captain's helmet was all that floated by. ♪ a friend of mine was working in the distribution office for columbia records in denver, colorado. he says, "pete, you know, my boss took one listen to this record and exploded."